Reggie Yates slams rival talent shows

Reggie Yates says 'The Voice' is "more credible" than other musical competition shows because it is more about "talent" than sob stories

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Reggie Yates says 'The Voice' is "more credible" than other talent shows.

The 28-year-old co-presenter of the BBC One series - which will be judged by Jessie J, will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones and Danny O'Donoghue - has taken a dig at rival ITV programmes 'Britain's Got Talent' and 'X Factor' by claiming the UK version of the hit US show is more about "musical talent" than sob stories.

Reggie - who will host the series alongside Holly Willoughby - told Attitude magazine: "On another show, where someone's father has nearly died and they've held the note, they're good to go.

"But that's not what 'The Voice' is about. Ours is far more credible than any other music competition show that I have seen.

"It's about musical talent, not about how they're dressed or how good they look."

But insiders claim 'The Voice' - which sees the four coaches sit with their back to contestants to judge them purely on their voice - does in fact have sob stories.

One source told the Daily Star newspaper: "Reggie might need to look at his notes again.

"In episode one there's a girl who has lost all her hair through alopecia and she has lost her confidence in performing. She hopes 'The Voice' can restore that for her."

'The Voice' is set to go head-to-head with 'Britain's Got Talent' when they both launch on March 24.

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